Contact Information:

Tukwila Fire Marshal
6300 Southcenter Blvd. Suite 209
Tukwila, WA 98188

Phone: 206 971-8719
Fax: 206 575-4439

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Recreational Fires / Outdoor Burning

Several people in the community have been inquiring about outdoor burning. As of December 31, 2000 the Washington Clean Air Act (RCW 70.94) limits outdoor burning extensively in the State of Washington. The City of Tukwila’s population exceeds 10,000 people and as a result, burning of leaves, clippings, prunings, and other yard refuse by the occupant is not allowed. Other alternatives to burning could be, composting, recycling, waste reduction, and landfill disposal. Once a year your City of Tukwila offers Tukwila residents’ one spring-clean up trip to the dump. Watch for these dates and details in the Hazelnut.

Residents may have recreational fires in their yards as long as the fire is 25 feet from any structure, no larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height. (IFC307.3) Recreational fire is a cooking fire, a campfire, or a small bonfire that uses charcoal or firewood (bare untreated wood) that occurs on private property for cooking, pleasure, or ceremonial purposes. (WAC173-425-030) Have a garden hose or extinguisher readily available when you have a recreational fire. Use common sense and be courteous to your neighbors. If complaints are received, the fire code officials can at their discretion authorize the fire to be extinguished. (IFC 307.2.2)

Burn barrels are not included in the recreational fire category. (WAC 173-400-07) Why then are they spotted at times on East Marginal Way S.? These types of containers are required to have an enclosed combustion chamber, equipped with a permanently attached spark arrester constructed of iron or heavy wire mesh, and an opening of not larger than 1/2 inch in diameter. These barrels when detected by Tukwila Fire Department personnel are inspected for the criteria previously listed. If they do not meet the criteria, they are not allowed.

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